The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, JMDA, is cautioning Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr. Dayton Campbell against politicizing the challenges at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Dr. Campbell yesterday told the media that doctors at the ailing facility are expressing concerns that poor air quality led to the recent deaths of two members of the hospital’s staff.

President of the JMDA, Dr. Elon Thompson, says Dr. Campbell’s statements were unfortunate.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, told the media yesterday the deaths were linked to lifestyle illnesses and not the air quality concerns at Cornwall Regional.

In the meantime, Dr. Thompson says the Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ, has examined the issues at the hospital and proposed the facility be abandoned.

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But, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says shutting down the Cornwall Regional Hospital would result in several deaths.

The Health Minister says he’s yet to see the report commissioned by the Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ.

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Dr Tufton is also chiding doctors who reportedly withdrew their services yesterday in protest of what they say is the slow pace of renovation work at the hospital.

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